Like the Movie, the basic design of the 300 Movie Replica Sword is a great fantasy piece, and a faithful adaptation of Frank Millers Graphic (and I mean GRAPHIC) novels.
Of course the design bears no resemblance to an actual historical Spartan swords which were leaf shaped, quite plain and very utilitarian, much like the Spartan warriors themselves (click here for information on an actual functional replica based on the historical design). But as a fantasy piece, it certainly looks mean - and in theory - being something like a rather viscous looking machete, should be quite an effective little chopper if made right..
Even though the movie is hardly new anymore, there is something about this design that is keeping it in circulation and there are several varieties of 300 movie swords currently on the market.
The official sword, which is made by respected sword makers Windlass Steelcrafts and made of 1095 high carbon steel, was the subject of some confusion as the original pictures of the prototype that was released to most distributors looked like this..
However, the actual product ended up looking like this...
Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the official sword - it's very sturdy and well constructed, but it is VERY different than the prototype picture - i.e the prototype has a raised central ridge and weather worn looking leather wrap on the handle, while the actual 300 movie swords have an indented partial fuller and the handle is smooth wood (plus it comes with a leather scabbard).
The main issue is that some sword sellers still sell it using the original prototype image (let's face it, it looks much better) - but if you order it you'l be in for a surprise.. Not a big deal if you order one of the $29.95 knock offs (some of this, like the so called DELUXE- King Leonidas Sword - actually look more like the prototype, but are of course purely ornamental) - but as this sword has an official price tag of $195, it can be a bit of a shock..
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However, apart from the official version and the cheap knock offs, there is one more version to consider, and that is the fully functional 1060 carbon steel version by Darksword Armory.
At $100 more than the official version, you get your money's worth as it is made from more durable 1060 carbon steel, has a leather wrapped handle and is overall in keeping with the increased price in terms of delivering value for money.
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